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I can't get it to turn on

I have had this problem in the past but it usually takes it a while for it to turn on.

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    Marla Apr 26, 2015

    It has been sitting all winter, it has hardly been used since I bought it brand new. Once again it is the bernina patchwork edition. Thanks

  • Marla
    Marla Apr 27, 2015

    I tried different outlets, and still nothing.



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Get a can of contact cleaner and spray the switch then work it on and off with cord unplugged then try it . many times it will be a little corrosion and this will clean it .

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Also you will need stitch and tear or some other suitable stabiliser under the fabric to give it body and support during the stitching.

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Then revisit bobbin threading into tension device, bobbin thread showing on top of fabric is usually indicative that there is insufficient tension on the bobbin thread, check that it is fully into tension and bobbin is in the right way, you always want the thread to come of the bobbin in a "V" shape, and bobbin should turn anticlockwise as you pull thread from it usually (but please check machine manual for specific threading for this machine, there is always the one exception).

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